KICKING AND SCREAMING
WILL FERRELL (Phil Weston) has become one of the busiest actors working
in movies today. Since starring in the back-to-back 2003 comedy hits Old School and
Elf, Ferrell has gone on to star in several major films. In the last year alone, the actor was
seen in the box-office hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy that he co-wrote
with writing partner Adam McKay. He recently starred in Woody Allen's latest
ensemble film Melinda and Melinda and will next be seen starring opposite Nicole
Kidman in the big-screen version of the classic TV sitcom Bewitched.
But it was Ferrell's seven seasons (1995-2002) on NBC's Saturday Night Live
that first established him as a comedic force of nature. With such shamelessly funny and
memorable characters as cheerleader Craig the Spartan, musical middle school teacher
Marty Culp, hyperactive Morning Latte host Tom Wilkins, and goofy club-hopper Steve
Butabi--along with his uproarious impressions of George W. Bush, Janet Reno, Alex
Trebek and Neil Diamond--Ferrell emerged as one of that show's most versatile and
beloved cast members. For his later work on Saturday Night Live, he received two 2001
Emmy Award nominations: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music
Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
Ferrell's first major feature role was as Mustafa in the enormously popular Austin
Powers: International Man of Mystery. He also reprised the character in the comedy's
sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Other earlier film performances
include A Night at the Roxbury, the movie adventures of Ferrell's and Saturday Night
Live co-star Chris Kattan's Butabi Brothers (co-written by the actors, with Steve Koren);
The Thin Pink Line; The Suburbans; the Richard Nixon parody Dick, in which Ferrell
played Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward; Superstar (opposite SNL cast mate
Molly Shannon); Drowning Mona, with Bette Midler; The Ladies Man (which starred
SNL's Tim Meadows); and outrageous fashion designer Jacobin Mugatu in Ben Stiller's
male model parody Zoolander.
Ferrell's many upcoming film projects include the animated adventure Curious
George, for which he'll voice The Man With the Yellow Hat; Mel Brooks' The
Producers, in which he'll play the nutty Nazi, Franz Liebkind; Stranger Than Fiction,
directed by Marc Forster; and Talladega Nights, an action-comedy co-written by Ferrell
and McKay set in the high speed world of NASCAR.
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